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xv        THE CHURCH OF S. SAVIOUR PANTOKRATOR      225
priest, though Martin had mistaken him for a layman on account of the strangeness of the Greek clerical garb. The priest did not understand Latin any more than the abbot understood Greek/and the situation became awkward, for the pitch of Martin's voice made It evident that he was not
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a person to be trifled with. The old man therefore tried what the Romance patois, which he had picked up from foreign residents in the city, could do to establish intelligible inter-* course with the rough visitor. Fortunately the crusader also knew something of that patois, and made the purpose of his visit sufficiently clear. As soon as the iron safe containing the coveted relics was opened, abbot and chaplain
plunged four greedy hands Into the hoard'and stowed relic
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